After spending a chilly night at Barcelona-El Prat Airport since we don’t have much option, we arrived at Plaça de Catalunya by city bus. Lucky for us, the hostel that we will be staying was quite accommodating and allow us to check-in super early (around 8.30am).
I decided to walk by La Rambla, a stretch of the city’s most famous walkway. What strike me the most is how different the weather here compared to Paris. It is most certainly sunnier, but also still cold. No wonder Americans are flocking here for summer.
Port Vell to Ciutadella
At the end of La Rambla lies Port Vell, the historic city’s port. There’s a park beside Maremagnum Mall where I spent a good few hours sitting on the grass looking at city’s skyline, without realizing I didn’t have sunblock.
It’s quite far out to venture the coastline, so I rented a bike and rode along La Barceloneta, a nude beach. On the other end of the beach is Ciutadella park. Nearby there, the Arc de Triomf is not as big and touristy as Paris’ Arc de Triomphe.
To be continued